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High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) Poster

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If you look closely you can see all the leads in the movie are wearing matching gold rings with a red stone in it.
Film plot was originally slated to be "Haunted High School Musical" and follow the plot of a Halloween movie.
Zac Efron repeatedly played pranks on the rest of the cast, throwing water balloons. As payback, the cast toilet papered his trailer and then soaked him with water guns.
This is the only movie in the film series in which Chad's father appears. He is played by David Reivers, the real-life father of Corbin Bleu. They have played father and son in two other TV films, Jump In! (2007) and Free Style (2008).
Ashley Tisdale, who plays Sharpay Evans, is nine years older than Jemma McKenzie-Brown, who plays Tiara Gold. Tiara is meant to be a year or two younger than Sharpay.
SERIES TRADEMARK: As in the first two films, Troy looks at an invisible watch on his wrist. This time it is in the lunch hall before Chad invites Taylor to prom.
It took 41 days to shoot this movie, which is longer than the first two films.
Zac Efron injured his wrist whilst filming the spinning corridor scene featured in the song 'Scream'.
Gabriella has a photo of her and Troy from High School Musical 2 (2007) on her nightstand (from their lunch at the golf field). Troy has a photo of Gabriella from High School Musical (2006) on his.
With $42 million, holds the record the best opening ever for a movie musical. The former record holder was Mamma Mia! (2008).
Rocketman's shirt number is 41. This is a reversal of Troy's number 14.
Sharpay's ringtone is "Fabulous" from High School Musical 2 (2007), and Gabriella's ringtone is "You Are The Music In Me" from the same.
The soundtrack is 51 minutes long, making it the longest album of the film series. The original length for each of the first two soundtracks was 38 minutes.
Zac Efron came into dance rehearsals 3 weeks late because he had been filming Me and Orson Welles (2008).
Over 1,000 extras were used for the Graduation scene.
Almost all of the song scenes in the movie were cut short unlike in the soundtrack album. In the first two movies, almost all were complete songs like in the soundtrack albums.
In the "Now Or Never" scene, Chad jumps from a lying position when he was fouled. He also did that jump in High School Musical (2006), during "Stick To The Status Quo."
Special copies of Teen Magazine and Seventeen Magazine were made for the "I Want it All" number. They feature Ashley Tisdale on the cover (replicas of their previous releases) and have the name "Sharpay" inserted where Ashley's name was previously.
Unlike the first two movies, Sharpay's locker has two doors instead of one.
The first film in the "High School Musical" series to go movie theaters. High School Musical (2006) and High School Musical 2 (2007) were made-for-tv movies.
When Sharpay arrives at East High School (making her first appearance in the film) the instrumental music from the song "Fabulous" from High School Musical 2 (2007) is heard.
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Lucas Grabeel apparently pushed for Ryan to come out as gay in this film. However, being a Disney film, the prospect of an openly gay character was shot down, and instead Ryan is shown as possibly developing a romance with Kelsi.
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Eleven original songs (including "Just Getting Started", which was in the end credits, but not on the soundtrack) were among the 49 songs eligible for an Oscar in a list released on Dec. 16, 2008 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. None of them made the three nominees though.
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During the final performance of 'High School Musical', Sharpay does a jazz square while singing. In the first High School Musical movie, while Sharpay and Ryan are performing 'What I've Been Looking For', Sharpay scolded Ryan for doing an unrehearsed jazz square, to which he replies, "It's a crowd favorite; everyone loves a good jazz square."
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During the credits, while the outtakes play, there's yearbook signatures from the cast one the screen. They read as follows: Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat -Troy To everyone at East High, you are the music in me -Gabriella It's not over yet! -Sharpay Off on a quest for the perfect jazz square! -Ryan You should visit me at the Oval Office -Taylor What team? Wildacts! Get'cha head in the game -Chad Long live musicals! -Kelsi I did it! I really did it! -Jason All things sweet -Zeke Remember, Wildcats, BIG things are possible! Good luck! -Martha Game on Sharpay! -Tiara Now it's all on me -Jimmie Brava! Bravo! -Miss Darbus Way to go team! -Coach Bolton.
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Cameo 

Stan Carrizosa:  the winner of ABC's summer reality show, High School Musical: Get in the Picture (2008) appears in a music video that is shown over the end credits of the theatrical release of the film. The show's other 11 finalists were featured in the music video as well.
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Director Cameo 

Kenny Ortega:  Found in one of the group basketball photos in the end credits.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The schools each character is going to, and their major: Troy: Berkeley, Theatre (basketball scholarship) Gabriella: Stanford, Pre-law Chad: University Of Albuquerque, Undecided (basketball scholarship) Taylor: Yale, Political Science Sharpay: University of Albuquerque, Theatre Ryan: Juilliard, Choreography Kelsi: Juilliard, Music/Songwriting

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